Canada’s transmission pipelines connect all of Canada to safe and responsible energy. Because our members reach such a broad and inclusive geography, we feel it’s important to listen to a broad and inclusive group of stakeholders. That’s why we hold Pipeline Dialogue events.
Earlier this year, we held a Pipeline Dialogue event in Calgary to hear from stakeholders what they believe Canada’s transmission pipeline industry can do to improve trust and transparency.
The event included representatives from Indigenous organizations, municipal groups, NGOs, labour unions, academia, landowner groups, regulators and students.
The conversation was informed by a panel of five speakers that shared their experiences and research in community collaboration, respectful engagement with Indigenous peoples, public confidence and energy policy.
Dialogue participants spoke extensively about trust and noted that a focus on pipeline safety is important, but it’s not enough. They want the industry to engage in and collaborate on policy issues that concern Canadians, including reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, the effects of energy development and climate change.
We heard that people want a clear, long-term vision for an energy transition in Canada and that relationships with Indigenous peoples need to be based in respect and fairness – recognizing that they want and deserve to be involved with energy on their own terms.
We spent most of the day listening, and heard a broad range of ideas from the participants. In some cases, these ideas were advice for CEPA, in others, advice for our industry. A few of the key things that were identified as priorities for the participants are:
We learned a lot from our first Pipeline Dialogue, and will continue to hold these events and listen to Canadians as part of our commitment to delivering the energy that you need in the safest and most responsible way.